Introducing our neighbours
The Lewtrenchard Manor and Coombe Trenchard estates are near neighbours, with both country houses have extensive grounds - and an interesting history.
The Coombe Trenchard estate once formed part of the much larger Lewtrenchard estate owned by the Baring-Goulds. Sabine Baring-Gould, squire and parson of the Lewtrenchard estate, prolific author and Victorian man of letters, was keen to maintain the quality of the neighbourhood.
So he invited the Sperlings, a wealthy couple who had been renting the old rectory for a few years, to buy the land which now forms the Coombe Trenchard Estate. They embarked on designing a radical new house, and in 1906 chose London-based Arts & Crafts architect Walter Sarel, and Crediton builders Dart & Francis.
Mrs Sperling was a keen gardener and apparently an avid follower of Gertrude Jekyll’s designs. Her friendship with the Baring-Goulds would certainly have influenced the latter’s choice of Jekyll and Sarel to design the gardens of the Manor.
The Sperlings lived in the house until their deaths in the early 1950s.
Lewtrenchard Manor, Weddings and Coombe Trenchard
This shared history means that when it comes to weddings, Lewtrenchard Manor and Coombe Trenchard have a convivial relationship. Some couples attracted by the style and grounds of Lewtrenchard Manor are equally impressed by Coombe Trenchard - and love its unique disappearing wall.
And when couples marry at Coombe - though we offer some accommodation - we often suggest that additional guests stay at Lewtrenchard Manor, as it's just a short walk away.